Changing the starting pitch of trills

By default in Dorico Pro, trills start on the lower note, which is usually the written note. However, the accepted practice in Baroque and Classical music is to start trills on the upper note. You can change the starting pitch of trills individually.


  1. Select the trills whose starting note you want to change. You can do this in Write mode and Engrave mode.
  2. In the Properties panel, activate Start on upper note in the Trills group.
  3. Activate/Deactivate the corresponding checkbox.


The selected trills start on the upper note when the checkbox is activated, and on the lower note when the checkbox is deactivated.

When the property is deactivated, trills follow your project-wide setting for the starting pitch of trills.


You can change the default starting pitch of all trills project-wide on the Trills page in Play > Playback Options.